Urban Teachers’ Teacher Practice Rubric has been carefully crafted as a guide to the behaviors that exemplify highly effective teaching. All of Urban Teachers’ coursework and coaching supports are designed to provide participants with the content and practice needed to enact these behaviors effectively. Urban Teachers believes that effective teachers exhibit the key TPR behaviors on a daily basis. Urban Teachers educators are expected to bring their “A-game” every day. Our children need and deserve no less.
From thorough research and field experience, Urban Teachers knows that effective teachers – teachers whose students demonstrate increasing levels of achievement year after year – skillfully enact the five key behaviors that comprise the TPR:
- Effective teachers build productive and nurturing classroom environments. Urban Teachers educators understand that a healthy classroom culture depends on their initiative and direction. They create inclusive classrooms where students are valued, respected, supported, and nurtured as they develop into readers, writers, mathematicians, and thinkers. These teachers confidently assume the role of teacher and set clear expectations for all students. Urban Teachers educators build deliberate structures – from teaching lessons on how students must talk and work with one another as a community of learners to enacting a classroom management system that is shared, transparent, and fair.
- Effective teachers are diagnosticians. Our teachers know their students. They gather data from a wide variety of sources to develop a clear sense of their students’ needs, interests, and background knowledge. In addition, Urban Teachers educators have a versatile toolkit of assessments that they use wisely and regularly to gather student data. They do not lock this data in a vault. Instead, they analyze and share data with colleagues, students’ families, and most importantly, with students.
- Effective teachers set precise goals and enact them. Our teachers teach to high standards. They make informed and thoughtful decisions about what they are teaching in order to build a flexible learning environment that is accessible to all learners. In addition to informative data, standards, and curriculum resources, Urban Teachers educators use what they know about effective teaching and learning, and their students’ interests, to plan instruction that leads students to deeper levels of understanding and achievement. They know that the test of good instruction is not just what they do, but what their teaching and guidance leads students to accomplish. The work is rich, rigorous, and engaging.
- Effective teachers foster academic talk. Our teachers believe that student conversations are essential. It is an opportunity for students to voice what they are thinking, as well as to learn from what others have to say, and for teachers to gain insight into their students’ thought processes. In classrooms where students are learning and growing one hears a buzz. That buzz, or talk, facilitates and enriches learning – it is purposeful, on-task, accountable talk that pushes students to voice their thoughts and questions as they move to deeper levels of understanding.
- Effective teachers have a growth mindset and exhibit professionalism. Urban Teachers educators set goals for improving their practice, avidly seek constructive and actionable feedback, and they engage with others in professional discourse. They research, investigate, and read beyond what is required and expected. They own their work and understand that their efforts are the key to raising student achievement. They exhibit a high degree of professionalism at all times when engaging with students and their families, colleagues, and other members of their school community.